Easily Dual Install Ubuntu on a Win XP Machine
I use Windows XP in most of my lessons. However, my students do occasionally use Linux (usually Ubuntu or Fedora) as part of their lessons. In the past, I have had a couple of dedicated Ubuntu computers for the students to use when they needed to work with Linux. I did not like having those computers sitting idle most of the time. I had tried using dual boot options when installing Ubuntu, but I did not like the complexity of the steps. Mostly due to my own fault, my dual-boot installations always had something that did not go just right. I don’t have to worry about this with Wubi.
Wubi is a Windows-based Ubuntu Installer. If your computer can run Windows XP, has a 1ghz or faster processor, and has 5gb of available hard drive space, Wubi makes installing Ubuntu along side Windows a snap. Just download the Wubi Installer and run it. The installer will ask for the installation size, the location for the installation, and a few other standard questions. Then the Ubuntu download and installation begins. Ubuntu will be installed into a single file on your Windows XP hard drive. Uninstalling Ubuntu is done through the Windows Control Panel (Add/Remove Programs), just like any other Windows App. When you start your computer, you will then have the option to run Windows or Ubuntu. Its that easy.